Metal art at gar­den fes­ti­val

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Sara Fitz­patrick

YOU’VE got the dec­o­ra­tive deck­ing, gourmet pizza oven and wood­burn­ing fire pit and now you’re look­ing for the next at­ten­tion-grab­bing ad­di­tion to your gar­den.

Have you con­sid­ered a piece of metal art?

Mar­tin Jaine, of Earlsferry Sculp­tures, carves metal cre­ations for the out­door spa­ces of homes, schools, day care cen­tres, busi­nesses and coun­cils.

This week he will ex­hibit an ar­ray of pieces, from $10 spi­ders to a $30,000 Octo spin­ner, at the Perth Gar­den Fes­ti­val in McCal­lum Park, Vic­to­ria Park.

We spoke to the Perth master crafts­man about his un­usual and soughtafter hand­i­work. How did you get started?

I bought a sculp­ture for my wife and said: ‘I could make that’ and so I did. I made a few bits, went to the mar­kets and sold a lot. Now we em­ploy three blokes and send sculp­tures around Aus­tralia and over­seas. What is your favourite piece?

El­lie our ele­phant – she was sold to a day care cen­tre and is a wa­ter fea­ture. What are your most pop­u­lar de­signs?

Grass trees (grass trees are quite hard to grow and ours never die), spheres and benches. We have been asked to make penny far­things, rac­ing bikes, kan­ga­roos and tro­phies for coun­cil awards. What do you use to make the art?

Our main medium is scrap metal of var­i­ous types, rang­ing from in­dus­trial to farm­ing. Where do peo­ple put the sculp­tures?

In all parts of the gar­den from rocky out­crops to dec­o­rat­ing walls.

Metal art by Mar­tin Jaine, of Earlsferry Sculp­tures.

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